Coordinator-Con 2013: Share-out
On October 18, over forty educators came together at Google's Manhattan offices for Coordinator-Con! It was an incredible day of workshops, networking, and resource-sharing, starting with amazing talks from Mary Bozzone of P256Q and Esmeralda Soto of Eli Whitney Elementary. Throughout the day we rotated through a series of workshops, and the day ended with an UnConference: a session where everyone broke into discussion groups based on topics suggested by attendees (more on that below!).
Click here to see more great photos from the day!
New MOUSE Squad Coordinators Community on Google+
At Coordinator-Con, we heard your feedback. You told us that MOUSE educators need a way to share stories, resources, challenges, and ideas together more often. In the spirit of iteration, MOUSE set up a quick open Google+ Community that we are hoping you will all join and make it your own. To start, we added all of the notes from your UnConference discussions.
For one more way to connect to the MOUSE Squad National Network, join us for the next Digital Meet-Up on November 20!
This month's topic is fundraising for your school.
The MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up is today, November 20 at 4pm EST--we hope to see you there!
This month's Meet-Up will be led by Ashleigh Jensen, MOUSE Squad Coordinator for both the KMS Squad at Kuna Middle School and the KHS Kaverats at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho. In addition to sharing out some of the great work that her Squads have done (with the help of some of her Squad Members!), Ashleigh will be sharing some of her experience in grantwriting and fundraising for MOUSE Squad and other tech initiatives at the schools she works with.
Details for the November 20th MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up
- WHEN: The live meet-up will be held at 4pm EST on Wednesday, November 20th.
- HOW DO I JOIN?: This meet-up will be held over Google On-Air. Fill out the short registration form below, and you'll get an email shortly before the meet-up begins with a link to join via your Google+ account.
- WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A GOOGLE PLUS ACCOUNT? You can create one here, or you can watch the meet-up via live streaming on YouTube (you just won't be able to join the conversation). To watch the live stream, fill out the form below--you'll get an email shortly before the meet-up begins with a link to view.
- WHAT ELSE? If you can't join us during the meet-up you'll be able to watch a recording later on YouTube. This post will be updated with the link to the recording after it's over.
Remind me--what's a MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up?
Starting in Fall 2013, MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Ups will be held every month during the school year. At each Meet-Up, you'll have the chance to hear a featured MOUSE Squad Coordinator and their students talk about the work they're doing, how they run their Squad, and the best practices they've uncovered for tackling great projects at their site. Many meet-ups will also feature a focused discussion on a theme of general interest, either tied directly to MOUSE Squad or related more generally to tech-ed, public education, digital media, etc.
For new MOUSE Squad Coordinators, these meet-ups will be a great opportunity to hear from experienced Coordinators and begin to plan for your new Squad. For both new and experienced Coordinators, we hope that these meet-ups will be a forum for you to network with colleagues across the country, collect new project ideas, troubleshoot challenges in your Squad, and more.
Have an idea for a game that can make the world a better place?
The Entertainment Software Association and a non-profit called LOFT (Leaders on Fast Track) are teaming up to give twenty students across the United States the opportunity to win a $1,000 fellowship. All you have to do is come up with an idea for a game that serves the social good. If you've gone through our Serous Game Design specialist certification then you already have a game idea and all the design documents you need to show it off! Submit your game to the ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship today!
If you are sellected for an ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship not only will you win $1,000 grant but you will also receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. from December 3-5 to present your game/game idea!
Here's what you have to do:
- Come up with a brilliant idea for a game that serves the social good.
- Make a paper prototype of your game, sketch out characters, make as much stuff for your game as you can!
- If you have the Serious Game Design badge you've already done all of this.
- Submit your game idea to the ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship before Mid-November.